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1. In the early 1960s young people in California began living in groups or communes and, like the Beat generation before them, looked for a better way of life. The word "hippie" came from the Beat word "hipster". One of these groups was lead by Ken Kesey who referred to his community as "The Merry Pranksters". In 1964, Kesey's Pranksters set off in a bus, driven by Neal Cassady, to New York and other places so to share their new found LSD joy with world. What was the name of this bus?
2. The hippies were well known to be "counter cultural". Many other movements have existed in history that also went against "the norms" of society. Which one of the following groups is NOT considered to have been counter cultural?
3. The hippies were certainly no strangers to controversy; and, what got them into the most trouble was their use of illegal drugs. Which "hippie" drug, however, was perfectly legal until 1966?
4. Most hippies loved to protest; and, the Vietnam war provided an ideal excuse to complain loudly. On 21st October 1967, in Washington DC, what did close to 70,000 war protesters gather in an attempt to do?
5. Rock music was most often the sound that accompanied the hippies when they gathered or traveled. This music was new and exciting, influenced by rock and roll, folk, country, and the blues. The hippie musicians also started to mix rock with their ever expanding minds, and psychedelic rock was born! Which of these is generally considered the first psychedelic band?
6. The hippies were usually aged between 14 and 26; the boys often grew their hair long; and many hippies walked around barefoot. What style is generally NOT associated with them?
7. On 14th January 1967 a "Human Be-In" was held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Free music from bands like Jefferson Airplane entertained 20,000 to 30,000 hippies, who all celebrated what would eventually become "the Summer of Love". It was here, on January 14, that the former Harvard professor turned LSD advocate, Timothy Leary, first made his famous statement: "Tune in, turn on, drop out." What specific accomplishment did Leary share with one of America's wildest poets: Edgar Allen Poe?
8. The peace sign is a well known hippie symbol. It was designed in 1958 by British artist Gerald Holtom. Originally, it was created for use by the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War. The symbol was not copyrighted; so, it began to appear all over the world. How did Gerald Holtom come to create his peace symbol design?
9. "Easy Rider" (1969) was the quintessential hippie movie: It tells the tale of two bikers, Wyatt and Billie, who ride from Southern California to New Orleans on a type of a spiritual pilgrimage. While searching for "America" they experience a commune, free love, drugs, and much scorn from conservative locals. At the end of the movie, both Wyatt and Billie are gunned down as they innocently ride on the road. Who played the role of Wyatt in this iconic movie?
10. No hippie quiz is complete without a question about Woodstock. From 15th to 18th August 1969, close to 400,000 people gathered on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm in Bethel, New York. The world was shocked because attendance for this music and arts festival had been originally expected at only 50,000! US history was made, however, because such a peaceful gathering of this size had never been seen before - anywhere! Thirty two separate acts entertained the joyful crowds, most of whom were using drugs, often in heavy rain and mud. What was the one rock band that was scheduled to perform at the huge gig but missed it because they were unable to reach the concert site?
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